With the weather throwing out cold snaps from time to time, making sure you are warm at home becomes more important. For older people, over the age of 65 (born on or before 5 April 1954) they could be eligible for the ‘Winter Fuel Payment. This is between £100 and £300, and is designed to help pay heating bills.
A Winter Fuel Payment is usually made automatically if you are eligible and you get the State Pension or another social security benefit (not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit).
If you’re eligible but do not get paid automatically, you will need to make a claim.
You can find out more on the Government’s website about the Winter Fuel Payment, including full details of eligibility (and exceptions), and the amount that should be paid.
You may still be able to get Cold Weather Payment or the Warm Home Discount Scheme, even if you do not qualify for Winter Fuel Payment.
The Cold Weather Payment is something that kicks in automatically during extreme cold weather, for people who receive Pension Credit, Income Support, Universal Credit and other income based benefits.
It comes into operation when the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees Celsius or below over 7 consecutive days. The payment is £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March.
The Warm Home Discount Scheme is a one-off discount of £140 which is taken from your electricity bill between September and March.
You can qualify for this if
- you get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit – known as the ‘core group’
- you’re on a low income and meet your energy supplier’s criteria for the scheme – known as the ‘broader group’
How you apply for the Warm Home Discount Scheme depends on how you qualify for the discount.